The World Health Organization has declared COVID-19, or coronavirus, to be a pandemic. As we all scramble to stock up on food and paper goods and try to track down containers of hand sanitizer, we also want to do everything we can to make sure our immune systems are in tip-top shape. So we checked in with four doctors for their tips on how to stay healthy.
But first, a note on boosting your immune system from Rand McClain, M.D., who tells us that the term “immune-boosting” is often misconstrued. “One’s immune system is developed mainly during the earliest part of life, starting with immunity conferred by mother to child during the third trimester of pregnancy and later through breast milk and challenges to the adaptive immune system into adulthood through which the body fights and learns (read “strengthens”) throughout the remainder of life.” He adds, “The idea that we can take a Chevy and turn it into a Ferrari is not possible…yet.” But while we might not be able to overhaul our immune system, Dr. McClain stresses that it can certainly be assisted with some of the tips below.